- Just by being a simple
witness of your thought processes. That's my method
of meditation. It is not a prayer because there is
no God to pray to. It is simply sitting silently,
witnessing the thoughts passing before you. Just
witnessing -- not interfering, not even judging,
because the moment you judge you have lost the pure
witness. The moment you say this is good, this is
bad, you have already jumped into the thought
process. It takes a little time to create a gap
between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is
there, you are in for a great surprise: you are not
the mind, you are the witness, a watcher.
This process of watching is the very alchemy of real
religion, because as you become more and more deeply
rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. A
moment comes when there is no thought at all. You
are, but the mind is utterly empty. That is the
moment of enlightenment. That is the moment when for
the first time you become unconditioned, sane, a
really free human being.
- (Osho) whatever I am
doing, my meditation continues. It is not something
that I have to do it separately; it is just an art
of witnessing. Speaking to you, I'm also witnessing
myself speaking to you. So here are three persons:
you are listening, one person is speaking, and there
is one behind who is watching and that is my real
me. And to keep constant contact with it is
meditation. So whatever you do does not matter, you
just keep contact with your witness.
- (Osho) My teaching is
meditation. Meditation means to me, witnessing on
three levels: action of the body, thoughts of the
mind, feelings of the heart. Once a person becomes
aware of these three things, the fourth step happens
on its own accord. A quantum leap, suddenly he is at
his very center, which is his life, deathless life.
You can call it his soul, his being, and it is the
greatest bliss in existence. There is nothing above
- Meditation simply means a
discipline that makes you capable of being aloof and
detached from your mind. So even if the mind is
sick, your consciousness is never sick. Even if your
mind is going crazy, you are just witnessing it.
Mind is only a machine. You are not. Meditation is
the experience: "I am not my body, not my mind -- I
am the witness of it all." This experience, this
transcendental experience, immensely transforms the
whole situation. Many things which were driving you
crazy simply drop away.
- Slowly slowly each act of
your life should turn into a meditative act. Then
there is a possibility to attain to enlightenment.
Then you can sit also because that too is an act,
but you are not specifically identifying sitting
with meditation -- that too is a part. Walking you
meditate, working you meditate, sometimes sitting
silently you meditate, sometimes lying on your bed
you meditate... meditation should become your
And this meditation that can become constant
companion is a very simple thing, I call it
Just go on witnessing whatsoever is happening.
Walking you witness, sitting you witness, eating you
witness yourself eating, and you will be surprised
that the more you witness things the better you can
do them because you are non-tense, their quality
changes. You will also note that the more meditative
you become every gesture of yours becomes soft,
non-violent, has a grace in it. And not only you
will notice it, others will start noticing it.
- With your witnessing there
will be a few difficulties: your old friends may not
remain your friends any more, not that you have done
any harm to them but simply you have changed and now
you no longer fit with their state, with their
consciousness. So don't be worried about that. If
you are married and you find that your wife is
falling far away from you then it is better to tell
her what you are doing: that if she wants to be with
you, if she loves you the way you love her, you
would like her also to be a companion on the path of
meditation. Otherwise, soon you will be so far away
from each other that everything will be
Your children will find that you are a different
person -- you are no more the same old papa. It is
better to help your children to learn a little bit
of witnessing. And don't think that they cannot
learn; they can learn better than grown up people
because they are fresh, they are not loaded with any
past. Just you have to be more friendly with them
than fatherly. And before the rift happens it is
better to make it clear to them, "It will not be my
fault if the family falls apart. I have chosen a
path which is going to give me something and I would
like it to be shared by you all."
I don't want any family to be disturbed by anybody
in the name of spirituality, and if we can be a
little more loving and compassionate and make them
understand -- and they will be able to see that you
are less angry, you are less tired, you are less
frustrated, you are more loving, more compassionate
-- they will surely come with you.
- The mind can stop, but not
by your effort but by your effortless witnessing.
That is the whole meaning of meditation. Relax.
Don't force, and just watch. Let the mind do its
things. It will take a little patience, but it has
always happened. It is almost a scientific law,
without exception, that if you can manage a little
patience you will come to a point where the watcher
is nourished and the mind becomes unnourished, and
the thoughts start disappearing. When the whole
energy of your consciousness moves into watching,
you will find there is no mind at all. And to know a
state of no-mind is the greatest experience in life
a man is capable of. It is ecstasy. It is
superconsciousness. It is self-realization. There is
nothing higher than that.
- You don't have to do
anything, you have just to sit silently doing
nothing, because any kind of doing is going to take
you away from yourself. When you are not doing
anything, the whole energy gathers inside; it is not
invested anywhere. The moment you pass your mind,
all the energy that was invested in thoughts is
released. When you pass your heart, all the energy
that was invested in your emotions, feelings,
sentiments, is released. Now you are becoming too
full of energy. This abundance of energy gives you
the first taste of existence, and as this energy
becomes a pillar of tremendous height and depth, you
have found the connection with the cosmos. You are
no longer alone. In fact, you are no more, only
existence is. Then the existence, the cosmos, the
life, is a sheer dance.
- This insight is the
beginning of real life. How to start this insight?
That's what meditation is all about. Start
witnessing. Walking on the street, become a witness.
Watch the body walking... and you, from the
innermost core, are just watching, witnessing,
observing. Suddenly you will have a sense of
freedom. Suddenly you will see that the body is
walking, you are not walking. Sometimes the body is
healthy, sometimes the body is ill. Watch, just
watch, and suddenly you will have a sense of a
totally different quality of being.
You are not the body. The body is ill, of course,
but you are not ill. The body is healthy, but it has
nothing to do with you. You are a witness, a watcher
on the hills... far beyond. Of course, tethered to
the body, but not identified with the body; rooted
in the body, but always beyond and transcending. The
first meditation is to separate yourself from the
body. And by and by, when you become more acute in
your observation of the body, start observing the
thoughts that continuously go on within your mind.
But first watch the body, because it is gross, can
be observed more easily, will not need much
awareness. Once you become attuned, then start
watching the mind. Whatsoever can be watched becomes
separate from you. Whatsoever you can witness, you
are not it. You are the witnessing consciousness.
The witnessed is the object; you are the
The body, and the mind also, remain far away when
you become a witness. Suddenly you are there -- with
no body and no mind... a pure consciousness, just
simple sheer purity, an innocence, a mirror. In this
innocence, for the first time you know who you are.
In this purity, for the first time existence becomes
life. For the first time you are. Before it, you
were simply asleep, dreaming; now you are.
- Any judgment is past
oriented, and existence is always herenow, life is
always herenow. All judgments are coming from your
past experiences, your education, your religion,
your parents -- which may be dead, but their
judgments are being carried by your mind and they
will be given as a heritage to your children.
Generation after generation, every disease is being
transferred as a heritage. Only a non-judgmental
mind has intelligence, because it is spontaneously
responding to reality.
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